Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Ocean Walk
Walk out the doors of Wyndham Ocean Walk and you’ll find yourself on the soft sands of Daytona Beach. The beach isn’t the only thing close by—the high-rise resort is also within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. When you’re back at the hotel, kick back and sip drinks by any of the multiple pools.
- Fun in the sun: The Wyndham’s outdoor pool complex has a lazy river, a giant pool with a water slide, and a baby pool for little ones.
- Onsite entertainment: Play some mini-golf, hit the fitness center, or play in the game or billiards room.
- Have a drink at the adults-only pool bar, overlooking the beach.
- Get sweeping views of the Atlantic from each of the spacious suites, which also feature a separate living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer.
- Within walking distance: Daytona Beach’s Oceanfront Boardwalk and the Ocean Walk Village and Shoppes retail complex, which has shopping, movies, and laid-back dining establishments
Daytona Beach, Florida: Racing Legacy and a Famed Lighthouse
At the turn of the 20th century, motorists began racing on the packed sand of Daytona Beach out of practicality: the beach had a wide, unobstructed stretch and a smooth surface ideal for high-speed sprinting. Today, stock-car racing has moved to nearby Daytona International Speedway, but it’s still possible to park your car along the oceanfront here—one of the few beaches in the world where you can do so.
Hundreds of thousands of racing fans visit Daytona International Speedway each year to watch world-class champions such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Stock-car, sports-car, and motorcycle events round out the calendar all year, highlighted by the Daytona 500 in February—the first race of the Sprint Cup Series and typically regarded as the most prestigious. On various behind-the-scenes tours, you can explore the speedway’s elevated press boxes, banked infield turns, and decadent hot tubs filled with motor oil.
At Daytona Beach itself, cars toting beach gear roll across the hard-packed sand through oceanfront driving zones; there are also traffic-free areas. South of town, you can see the Ponce de León Inlet Lighthouse. There, a spiral staircase winds up to the top of a 175-foot tower, where you can overlook a 52-acre park filled with armadillos, shore birds, and native wildflowers.